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Somalia + 1 other
ACT Alliance Alert: Drought and Food insecurity in Somalia

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  1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains dire with drought alerts being sounded. In February, the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit-Somalia (FSNAU)1 and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)2, indicated that around 860,000 people would remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3)3 and higher phases through June 2014. There are reports that over 300,000 malnourished children in Somalia and a total nearing a million people are in need of life-saving help.

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World + 12 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388) [EN/FR]

Contents of this issue:

29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Assessing and mitigating the risks of outbreaks due to wild poliovirus in polio-free African countries, 2013-2014
  • 387 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- July 2014

29 août 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Evaluation et atténuation du risque de flambée due à un poliovirus sauvage dans les pays africains exempts de poliomyélite, 2013-2014
  • 387 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-juillet 2014
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Ethiopia + 1 other
UNICEF Ethiopia South Sudanese Refugees’ Update SitRep #15 – (Reporting Period 1 – 15 August 2014)

Highlights:

  • As of 15 August, 189,327 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived in Gambella Region of Ethiopia. Over 90 per cent of the new arrivals are women and children and almost 68 percent are children. The current daily average arrival rate is 800. UNHCR estimates that 300,000 refugees will seek asylum in Ethiopia by end of 2014.

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World + 14 others
Polio this week as of 27 August 2014

  • Continued transmission in Kano: wild poliovirus 1 transmission continues in a geographically limited area of southern Kano state, Nigeria, indicating pockets where vaccination campaigns and social mobilization are still too weak to assure sufficient coverage during campaigns. Kano is the only state in Nigeria reporting cases of wild poliovirus since April.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #37, 20 - 26 August 2014

Highlights

  • Further heavy rains in Bentiu have meant that most PoCs are now flooded, with people moved from PoC4 to PoC6 where the flooding has been less severe. It has become difficult to find dry land on which latrines can be established. While access to safe water through boreholes and water treatment plants have been maintained, the flooding has caused further latrines to collapse, meaning that there is now one latrine for every 100 people, compared to one latrine for 72 people before the flooding began.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Yemen + 1 other
How Humanitarian Aid is Making a Difference [EN/AR]

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan + 1 other
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 50 (as of 21 August 2014)

Highlights

● Preliminary analysis of food security in conflict-affected areas shows that while the situation remains dire, it has not worsened.

● Humanitarian barges continued their progress, arriving at Malakal on 19 August and now continuing to Melut, for final offloading.

● Some 2.7 million people have been reached with some form of emergency assistance as of 31 July.

● Thirteen humanitarian aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the conflict began in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 16 others
Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #36, 13 – 19 August 2014

Highlights

  • There has been heavy fighting in Bentiu this week, including very close to the PoCs. The fighting is slowing the humanitarian response in the area, and has stopped supply movements, including essential supplies such as therapeutic foods to treat acute malnutrition.

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South Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin #29, 15 August 2014

Highlights

  • Health partners are supporting the Ministry of Health with preparedness in Ebola case detection and management Health partners have reported a decline in both cholera cases and deaths.

  • By 11 August 5,697 cases and 123 deaths (CFR 2.16%) had been reported since April 2014.

  • As of 11 August, altogether 5,697 cholera 123 deaths (CFR 2.16%) have been recorded in South Sudan since the outbreak began on 23 April 2014.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Conflict: Sub-regional Funding Priorities, 31 July 2014

As of 31 July, 2014, the escalation of armed conflict in South Sudan, which began in December 2013, has resulted in the death of thousands, the displacement within the country of more than 1.1 million people, and the cross-border displacement of an additional 431,045 people who have fled to the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. 3 The number of new South Sudanese refugees is expected to almost double by year end.

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South Sudan + 1 other
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 49 (as of 14 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Operations were scaled up to respond to emergency levels of malnutrition in Longochuk, Upper Nile State.

  • The South Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) will allocate up to US$500,000 from its emergency reserve to mitigate flood effects in Bentiu Protection of Civilians sites in Unity State.

  • Estimates from partners indicate some 1.29 million people have been internally displaced by the conflict. The increase was due to improved reporting from remote areas.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 16 others
Polio this week as of 13 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is meeting this week to review the current epidemiological situation and the impact of the outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to close the outbreak. See ‘Horn of Africa’ section below, for more.

  • In West Africa, polio staff are supporting efforts to curb the Ebola outbreak affecting the region. Staff are actively engaged in helping preparedness planning, social mobilization, surveillance of suspected cases, contact tracing and assisting with outbreak logistics.

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Remarks by Humanitarian Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini during meeting with the Security Council in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 13 August 2014 - Good afternoon distinguished representatives of the Security Council. I am pleased to welcome you to Somalia and for this opportunity to brief you on the humanitarian situation in Somalia, on behalf of the members of the Somalia Humanitarian Country team, who are here today.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Aid groups investigate polio outbreak

UN agencies in Somalia have combined forces to visit a remote district of Puntland in north-east Somalia where four people have contracted polio this year. The victims – a young father who died and three children who were paralysed – all live in Jariban district, a long drive along a dusty track from the nearest main town of Galkayo.

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 45 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August

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The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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World + 7 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 8 August 2014, vol. 89, 32/33 (pp. 357–368) [EN/FR]

Contents

  • 357 Health conditions for travellers to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj), 2014

  • 361 Global Polio Eradication Initiative: 10th meeting of the Independent Monitoring Board

  • 367 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– June 2014

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  • 357 Dispositions sanitaires pour les voyageurs se rendant en Arabie saoudite pour le pèlerinage à La Mecque (Hadj), 2014